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TRANSFORMED SPACE: David MacDonald, owner of CoWork Cumberland LLC, meets with office manager Marybeth Young in the cafe space.

MacDonald transforms Cumberland child care center into coworking space

David MacDonald had always been fascinated by coworking spaces. But he considered it more of a novelty than a practical venture for his property management...
COQUITO CREW: Papis Refrescos LLC co-owners, from left, Travis Escobar, Victor Regino and Lewis Olmo run one of the only companies in Rhode Island making and selling coquito. 

Regino’s coquito family recipe popular among R.I. bars, restaurants, liquor stores

Though a popular beverage in Puerto Rico, coquito, a coconut-rum liquor, is only sold by four brands throughout the U.S., and by just two...
SCRATCH BATCH: Alex Reppe has been making his own fresh pasta since opening Newport Pasta Co. in August 2021.

Reppe shares his love for fresh pasta

Alex Reppe still remembers the first time he tried fresh pasta. It was smoked mozzarella and basil ravioli, a quick meal before his shift...

Childhood friends freshen up flannels to create wildly, witty fashion

The COVID-19 pandemic offered Jordan Bedard and Alyssa Christiansen a chance to spend time together in their Scituate hometown after years of long-distance friendship. Now...
PICNIC PREP: Newport Picnic Co. owner Hollie Mitchell prepares one of her pop-up picnics at Brenton Point State Park in Newport. 

Mitchell’s pop-up luxury picnics growing in popularity

When most restaurants were closed or offered limited services due to COVID-19 lockdowns, Hollie Mitchell, like many others, turned to the outdoors for special...

New errand service takes off in East Providence

A NEW BUSINESS based in East Providence is running Rhode Island’s errands and completing tasks for $25 per hour. Odds and Errands LLC is a...

Nunes ready for her second act as candy shop owner

KIM NUNES HAS mixed feelings about dessert. Having recently opened Teddy’s Candy Bar and More LLC, Nunes spent the last few months surrounded by pounds...

New museum sets sail in Newport

The Sailing Museum in Newport opened last month with two audiences in mind: avid sailors and, perhaps even more prominently, potential sailing enthusiasts. “We anticipate...
BOLD DUO: Rich Palizzolo, right, owner of Springline Coffee LLC in Newport, and his husband and business partner, Joe McCarthy, display some of their products.

New nautical-themed coffee brand sets sail in Newport

Richard Palizzolo and his husband, Joe McCarthy, have always been avid coffee drinkers, but they could never find that perfect balance of boldness and...
NEW SHOES: Joshua Swift, left, and David Maceroni, in their East Providence warehouse where they receive and ship out shoes for their new company, Dash Running LLC. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Dash makes swift entry in shoe sales

Joshua Swift is his own target audience: a recreational runner sick of paying too much for fancy running shoes from brand-name companies. And he figured...
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